How much is too much? As movement ministers, there is a thin line between flowing with the song and going overboard. Just because the original version of a song is 17 minutes long does not mean that we are able to use the entire song length. With technological advancements and inexpensive editing software, we can adjust tracks to suit the needs of the ministry. This is particularly helpful for songs that are repetitive.
There are several reasons why soloists and groups choose songs that seem to last forever. Many dancers select songs that are very personal to them and want the congregation to feel the same emotion. This is not always the case. Some think that they are so anointed or talented that everyone should experience the presentation without limitations. Others select songs based on popularity only, yet have no real revelation in movement to carry the entire message. We need both grace and mercy.
On the other hand, the abridged version of a song may not be adqeuate enough. If a move of the Lord is truly taking place, then those who have discernment will know that obedience is the order of the day. If we are given time limits for an event or program, we should ask for permission before we present songs that are not in line with the initial request. As movement ministers, we must be humble enough to realize that time is valuable. What can be said in a thousands words may only need one picture to convey. Let us become so adept at demonstrating the Word, that our actions are able to speak for us.
2 Samuel 20:5 (NKJV)
So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah. But he delayed longer than the set time which David had appointed him.
Ecclesiastes 5:7 (NKJV)
For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.
Acts 24:4 (NKJV)
Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you any further, I beg you to hear, by your courtesy, a few words from us.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (NKJV)
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.